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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Objections put Noongar native title deal on hold

Objections put Noongar native title deal on hold
- It means the South West Native Title Settlement, a $1.3 billion land-use agreement with the state's 30,000 Noongar people covering Perth and the lower third of the state, cannot be finalised almost three years after former premier Colin Barnett signed it. It also puts on indefinite hold annual payments of ...

WA kids use bush medicine to qualify for science award

WA kids use bush medicine to qualify for science award
- High school students from Coolgardie in Western Australia's Goldfield region made it to the finals of a national Science and Engineering Award by using bush medicine found in their community. David Simeolo, Jeremias Rene Wade and Nyheemah Cox all attend the Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed ...

Indigenous novelist Kom Scott says closing gap is deficient

Indigenous novelist Kom Scott says closing gap is deficient
Indigenous novelist Kim Scott is calling for a new approach to reconciliation and closing the gap, saying a relentless focus on deficits is sidelining the rich cultural connections being made between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Scott, who has twice won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, ...

Author Releases Spiritual Examination of Early Aboriginal Beliefs, Practices

Author Releases Spiritual Examination of Early Aboriginal Beliefs, Practices
- An Australia-based writer and engineer has released a book which documents the true story of his experiences living on a plot of land near Melbourne once occupied by Aboriginal people. In “Portal to the Dreamtime,” author John Koch tells of his time spent experiencing the spiritual energies of the ...

More young Indigenous people studying and working

More young Indigenous people studying and working
- More than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young adults are fully engaged in work and study, new census data reveals. Fifty two per cent ... Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 2.8 per cent of Australia's total population, up from 2.5 per cent in 2011, and 2.3 per cent in 2006.

Exploring how trauma affects our students

Exploring how trauma affects our students
Australia's leading expert on Indigenous intergenerational trauma Judy Atkinson along with Aboriginal elder and retired principal Dr Miriam-Rose ... and Dr Ungunmerr will share insights on the film from their vast experience and suggest how educators can improve outcomes for Indigenous student.

Indigenous Australians are tired of being spoken for, says actress Shareena Clanton

Indigenous Australians are tired of being spoken for, says actress Shareena Clanton
In a passionate speech on Q&A, actress Shareena Clanton says non-Indigenous Australians need to “keep their mouths shut and start engaging” the Indigenous community in the political decision-making process. On an episode with plenty of political point-scoring on energy policy and tax cuts, the ...

Top End Wedding indigenous internships now open for application

Top End Wedding indigenous internships now open for application
- Screen Australia's Indigenous Department will fund internships for four Northern Territory-based indigenous screen practitioners, to take part in the upcoming Goalpost Pictures film Top End Wedding. Applications are now open for various positions such as First Assistant Director, Art Department, ...

The West Pilbara Plan': Stopping child sex abuse in one of WA's most vulnerable communities

The West Pilbara Plan': Stopping child sex abuse in one of WA's most vulnerable communities
- The West Pilbara Plan will be the State Government's latest attempt to curb the horrors of alcohol, drugs and child sexual abuse in one of WA's most vulnerable communities. Child Protection, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk announced the ...

It's time for cameras in nursing homes

It's time for cameras in nursing homes
- Carol Williams, founder of Elder Care Watch said, if nearly 3000 children were allegedly assaulted in primary schools, there would be a public outcry. I am a child ... CCTV surveillance cameras needs to be made compulsory in the private rooms of all aged care facilities across Australia. Cameras are ...

Grand Chief to address suicide crisis at Australian Indigenous conference

Grand Chief to address suicide crisis at Australian Indigenous conference
- What's different about the suicide epidemic (Australia is) facing is that the average age over there is 30-35, where for NAN it's much younger and it's getting more and more younger,” Fiddler said. “Over the recent years our average age for people that we've lost to suicide is around 17 or 18.” ...

Sydney Mardi Gras: Muslim owned fashion company showcases LGBT pride hijab

Sydney Mardi Gras: Muslim owned fashion company showcases LGBT pride hijab
- During one of the most critical and important times in our nation's history, we at MOGA are proud to voice our support for marriage equality in Australia. “Our love and adoration towards the LGBTIQ community is strong and we have designed a limited edition rainbow striped Pride scarf in honor of their ...

Marcel Hirscher wins gold in giant slalom for Australia

Marcel Hirscher wins gold in giant slalom for Australia
- At Phoenix Snow Park, Braaten was the big star on the slopes despite most eyes being set on American Gus Kenworthy, who came out as gay about two years after capturing the silver medal in Russia. Kenworthy failed to land any of his three runs and finished last. “It didn't work out for me, which is a ...

Riot recounts the birth of the Sydney Mardi Gras and the gay rights movement

Riot recounts the birth of the Sydney Mardi Gras and the gay rights movement
- In the year of Mardi Gras' 40th anniversary, the film follows key figures of Australia's gay and lesbian rights movement during the 1970s. There were two Robyn Plaisters on Riot's set that night: the real one, now in her sixties, and actress Jessica De Gouw, who was dressed as Plaister had been back in ...

Protect freedom to reject weddings, say Catholics

Protect freedom to reject weddings, say Catholics
- Archbishop Fisher, who will appear before the panel of religious experts on Friday, writes in the 33-page submission that the same-sex marriage debate showed there was an “urgent need” for religious protection in Australia. The submission says there has been a “shift” in attitudes to religious people, ...

Indian Gay Film 'Evening Shadows' premieres at Mardi Gras Film Festival

Indian Gay Film 'Evening Shadows' premieres at Mardi Gras Film Festival
- Rangayan is also one of the Jury members to judge the 'My Queer Career' Australian short film competition at the festival, which is Australia's largest competition for LGBTIQ short films. Lisa Rose, festival director of Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival said, “It's rare for us to be able to program ...

Lotto scratched for high tech culture heist

Lotto scratched for high tech culture heist
Maori public health organisation Hapai Te Hauora has red flagged a new Lotteries Board product with a Chinese new year theme. Its general manager Maori, Anthony Hawke, says the game links a scratch card with an online augmented reality app with a scratch card. He says Hapai has cautioned the ...

New technology brings gambling risk

New technology brings gambling risk
- Its general manager Maori, Anthony Hawke, says the game links a scratch card with an online augmented reality app with a scratch card. He says Hapai has cautioned the board in the past about bringing in new technologies which may heighten the risk of problem gambling. He says the new game is ...

We get to vote on Maori wards in May

We get to vote on Maori wards in May
- Campaigners in Manawatu, Western Bay of Plenty, and Whakatane have taken sufficient signatures to their respective councils to trigger polls on proposals for Maori wards in their areas. Signatures on the petitions sent to the Manawatu and Western Bay of Plenty district councils have been validated ...

Sorcery' attacks in Papua New Guinea's highlands – in pictures

Sorcery' attacks in Papua New Guinea's highlands – in pictures
- Sanguma is a Papua New Guinean word meaning black magic or sorcery. If something unwanted occurs in a village, people, most commonly women, are often accused of committing black magic, or of being a witch. They are then cast out of their homes and attacked or killed. Photographer Kristina ...

Papuan Liberation Movement hopeful over MSG process

Papuan Liberation Movement hopeful over MSG process
- The chairman of the Movement, Benny Wenda, said he remained hopeful. "I want to send my people a message to my people back home that this is another positive. "Step by step, we are in the right dircetion, so please pray. We hope that the secretariat will discuss our application very soon, because we ...

New Zealand government makes false promises to address Maori poverty

New Zealand government makes false promises to address Maori poverty
- She repeated her government's empty promises to address poverty, inequality and homelessness, including among indigenous Maori, who make up 15 percent of the population. She told her largely Maori audience: “[W]hen we return in one year, in three years, I ask you to ask of us 'what have we done ...

Ngati Whatua Orakei appeal $1.85 billion East-West Link Highway

Ngati Whatua Orakei appeal $1.85 billion East-West Link Highway
- A New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) project that would link the South-Western (SH20) and Southern Motorways (SH1) has been granted consent. NZTA says it will improve travel times and make for easy more reliable travel, but Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei are appealing the decision.

Maori Party looks to generational change at AGM

Maori Party looks to generational change at AGM
- "There's been a lot of korero going on about a generational shift in the Maori Party, but the challenge is bringing everyone together as one whanau." A financial report discussed during the AGM also revealed the decision to announce it was not willing to work with New Zealand First hit the Maori Party in ...